Anti-Syria resolution ready for U.N. vote

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Britain, France and the United States have prepared a resolution for presentation to the U.N. Security Council, threatening Syria with economic sanctions.

Syria denies killing Lebanon's Hariri

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Syria is denying a United Nations report that linked it to the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Report: Syria involved in Hariri killing

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A United Nations report released Thursday says Syrian and Lebanese agents planned the killing of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon.

Bush warns Syria to be a 'good neighbor'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- President Bush gave a multi-pronged warning to Syria Wednesday, telling the country to be a "good neighbor" in the region.

U.N. special Lebanon rep going to Syria

UNITED NATIONS, June 6 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sending his special envoy overseeing Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon for talks with the Syrian president.

Syria to withdraw from Lebanon by April 30

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 3 (UPI) -- Syria, which said it would leave Lebanon in May, now says it will withdraw all troops by April 30, according to the U.N. envoy for the Middle East.

Former Lebanese PM may be re-appointed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 9 (UPI) -- Lebanon's parliament has decided former Prime Minister Omar Karami will be reappointed, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Bottom Line: Avoiding Mideast missteps

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U.N.: Hope Syria exits Lebanon in 2 months

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan hopes there will be clear signs of Syria's withdrawal of troops from Lebanon within the next two months.

U.N. seeks Syria pullback from Lebanon

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UPI Energy Watch

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ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, Energy Correspondent

U.N. envoy urges Israel-Syrian talks

JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.N. senior envoy to the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen said Tuesday Israeli leader skeptical of Syria's peace talk offer should at least try it.

Syria furious at Israel's Golan plans

JERUSALEM, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Syria reacted angrily Wednesday to plans announced by Israel to build homes for thousands of new settlers on the occupied Golan Heights.

U.S. help urged for new Syria-Israel talks

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has urged the United States to help revive talks between his country and Israel, the New York Times reported Monday.

Syrian opposition focuses on democracy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Leaders of a Syrian opposition group that met in Washington over the weekend have announced their aims for a secular, multi-party state.
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Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waves to supporters in the street after addressing parliament on March 30, 2011 in Damascus, Syria. Al-Assad ordered a committee to conduct an investigation into the deaths of protesters and also to study the lifting of emergency laws. UPI

Bashar al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎, Baššār al-ʾAsad; born 11 September 1965) is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death. Al-Assad was elected in 2000 and 2007, but was unopposed each time.

Bashar al-Assad was born in Damascus on 11 September 1965, the son of Aniseh (née Makhluf) and Hafez al-Assad. Initially Bashar had few political aspirations. His father had been grooming Bashar's older brother, Basil al-Assad, as a future president. Bashar studied ophthalmology at Damascus University 1988 and arrived in London in 1992 to continue his studies. He was recalled in 1994 to join the Syrian army after Basil's death in an automobile accident. Bashar entered the military academy at Homs, north of Damascus, following the death of Basil, and was propelled through the ranks to become a colonel in January 1999. The accident made Bashar his father's new heir-apparent.

When the elder Assad died in 2000, Bashar was appointed leader of the Baath-Party and the Army and was elected president unopposed with what the regime claimed to be a massive popular support (97.2% of the votes), after the Majlis Al Sha'ab (Parliament) swiftly voted to lower the minimum age for candidates from 40 to 34 (Assad's age when he was elected). On 27 May 2007 Bashar was approved as president for another seven-year term, with the official result of 97.6% of the votes in a referendum without another candidate.

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